Bandits score 5 in row to down Monarchs, 5-3 King nets 2 goals to send club on road with smile

March 06, 1996|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

Staring a 1-6 homestand in the face with a two-week, six-game road trip about the start, the Bandits stumbled out of the gate last night at the Baltimore Arena.

Carolina was ahead by two goals before anyone had their bearings and the Monarchs, remember, are probably the team Baltimore has to beat out for the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

It was at this point that Bandits Steve King, Denny Lambert and Slava Butsayev up front and Darren Van Impe on the back line issued a cease-and-desist order. Result: Baltimore 5, Carolina 3.

Once again King was the big guy, knocking in two goals to bring his total to 30, Lambert got one and the trio picked up five assists. In its past 13 games, the Production Line has 24 goals and 34 assists.

King said: "Opportunity leads to goals and with them comes confidence."

No one is more confident than King right now and his offensive burst really doesn't surprise him: "I know if I'm down around the net and getting my chances, things will turn my way sooner or later. That's my game." 5/8 5/8 TC The Bandits scored their goals consecutively to leave the Monarchs in the dust by the 15-minute mark of the second period.

According to coach Walt Kyle, the charge and "a terrific job on defense did the rest. We played hard and physical, which we haven't done lately. It was good seeing us win the one-on-one battles, especially the new guys. This has turned into a power game, just like pro basketball, and you have to win those individual duels."

The Bandits broke their losing streak at three and pushed Carolina's to four. The Monarchs have won just once in their past 11 outings, but they have taken their Canadian Maritime Provinces road trip, which Baltimore is about to embark on.

Van Impe scored his 11th goal and Oleg Mikulchik his first from the blue line.

Also providing a lift was Kimpi Daniels, who arrived from Raleigh to center the line of Dwayne Norris and Mike Maneluk, two highly productive players earlier.

Maneluk was confident this trio will produce. "Kimpi's fast, he has good hands and he's a good passer. We had some pretty good chances tonight."

Pub Date: 3/06/96

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